Prof. Dr. Muhammad H. Rashid

Fellow IET (UK), Life Fellow IEEE (USA)

Florida Polytechnic University

Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IST-2096

4700 Research Way

Lakeland, FL 33805-8531, USA

E-mail: mrashid@floridapoly.edu.org

Short Biography

Muhammad H. Rashid is employed by the Florida Polytechnic University as a Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously he was employed by the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He was also employed by the University of Florida as Professor and Director of UF/UWF Joint Program. Rashid received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham in UK. Previously, he worked as Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chair of the Engineering Department at Indiana University- Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Also, he worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet, and Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), as a design and development engineer with Brush Electrical Machines Ltd. (England, UK), a Research Engineer with Lucas Group Research Centre (England, UK), a Lecturer and Head of Control Engineering Department at the Higher Institute of Electronics (in Libya & Malta).

Dr. Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in electronics, power electronics, and professional ethics. He has published 22 books listed in the US Library of Congress and more than 160 technical papers. His books are adopted as textbooks all over the world. His book, Power electronics has translations in Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Persian, and Indian edition. His book, Microelectronics has translations in Spanish in Mexico and in Spain, Italian, and Chinese.

He has received many invitations from foreign governments and agencies to give keynote lectures and consult, by foreign universities to serve as an external examiner for undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. examinations, by funding agencies to review research proposals, and by U.S. and foreign universities to evaluate promotion cases for professorship. Dr. Rashid has worked as a regular employee or consultant in Canada, Korea, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malta, Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Dr. Rashid has traveled to almost all States in USA and many countries to lecture and present papers (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Malta, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Mexico).

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET, UK) and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA). He was elected as an IEEE Fellow with the citation “Leadership in power electronics education and contributions to the analysis and design methodologies of solid-state power converters.” Dr. Rashid is the recipient of the 1991 Outstanding Engineer Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the 2002 IEEE Educational Activity Award (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education with the following citation “for contributions to the design and delivery of continuing education in power electronics and computer-aided-simulation“. He is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award with citation: For his distinguished leadership and dedication to quality undergraduate electrical engineering education, motivating students and publication of outstanding textbooks. He is also the recipient of the IEEE 2013 Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Rashid is an ABET program evaluator for electrical and computer engineering (and also from 1995-2000) and was an engineering evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, USA).  He is also an ABET program evaluator for (general) engineering program. He is the Series Editors of Power Electronics and Applications, and Nanotechnology and Applications with the CRC Press. He serves as the Editorial Advisor of Electric Power and Energy with Elsevier Publishing.  He lectures and conducts workshops on Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and its implementations including assessments. 

Dr. Rashid is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Education Society and a Regional Speaker (previously Distinguished Lecture) for the IEEE Industrial Applications Society. He also authored a book on “The Process of Outcome-Based Education – Implementation, Assessment and Evaluations”.2012 UiTM Press, Malaysia

Title: CHALLENGES OF REMOTE DELIVERY AND ENASURING PROGRAM QUALITY IN PANDEMIC

Abstract

Due to the expected COVID-19 pandemic, many universities had to switch to remote delivery in order to ensure students’ progress through the curriculum and graduate on time. Otherwise, there would be potentially a generation gap. Any compromise in the program quality would result in graduating students ill-prepared for job market and future progress in research, development and technological growth. The situation occurred unexpectedly and universities were not prepared for this. The faculty members teaching courses in traditional means of delivery had to switch unexpectedly to remote delivery. This has been mandated to the faculty members in making this change and the faculty members are being challenged with adjusting, learning and facing difficulties in getting needed training and delivery tools to ensure program quality and integrity. The transition from the traditional to remote delivery involves numerous parameters such identifying quality delivery standards, methods of meeting these and delivery tools in meeting the standards, training faculty members to these new types of technological tools, ensuring uniform applications and collaboration of all faculty groups and university/institution wide, financial resources for equipping the faculty members with the technological tools and institution wide technological infrastructure, What about the students on the other side to have the accessibility to high-speed network connection, training, and hardware and software tools. The list goes on.

Another challenge for engineering is delivering the hardware type of labs needing building and testing of meeting certain needs sand specifications. The ultimate goals are of achieving the student learning outcomes of the individual courses and the degree program. All engineering programs include lab components that contribute to the student learning outcomes.

This presentation focuses on presenter’s experience as a faculty member and a department chair in addressing the challenges and ensuring program quality through developing standards and faculty engagement within the constraint of ending the academic semester on time.